Economic Development
Economic Development
"My job may have brought me here; however, it’s the sense of community which makes me feel right at home."

Matthew C. Huffman, AICP

Executive Director

Richland County Regional Planning Commission

Action Teams

Action Teams

Please join us as we work to make a great community even better! The Richland Community Development Group is a true grass roots movement that has impacted our county in many positive ways. Hundreds of volunteers have taken the future of our county into their own hands completing projects as diverse as creating a "hands on" children's museum to a local producers guide to beautifying our gateways. Action teams with websites or pages are noted below.  Please contact them directly if you want to get engaged.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

2015 Sectors of RCDG







Contact Person

Webpage/site or FB Page

Agriculture and Local Food Movement

Encouraging agriculture through education and website



Tim Hicks




Promoting Arts and Culture in the County

Katherine Goodwin


Be Focal Buy Local

Continual campaign to remind folks to buy locally

Jenni Paramore

  BeFocalBuyLocal North Central Ohio

Bellville Revitalization

Beautification and development of Bellville

Karen Smith


Business Friendly Regulatory Environment

Enhance services to companies building businesses in the region

Jodie Perry


Campus District

Develop area leading to OSU M/NCSC Campus

Brian White


Central Park Restoration

Restore Mansfield Central Park

John Siegenthaler

  Restore Central Park

Citizen Action

Works on efforts to improve community

Jean Taddie



Revitalize our downtowns

Chuck Hahn



Support and Education of IT professionals

Bill Danuloff



Commercial and residential blight eradication

Mike Howard



Talent development focused on 7/8 grade career exploration

Marilyn John


Lexington Beautification

Beautification and development of Lexington



Long Range Plannig

Strategic Economic Development Plan

Marilyn John


Mansfield Beautification

Beautification of Mansfield

Doug Versaw

Mansfield   Beautification


Media campaign

Bill Sharp


Mansfield Military Affairs Council

Support for Defense Installation

Rich Green


Regional Manufacturing Coalition

Support of manufacturers

Melanie Riggleman


Richland Young Professionals

Help 45 and under's connect, collaborate and thrive

Mike Whisler

   Richland Young Professionals


In School Counseling and Talent Development

Jeff Devito


Talent Development

Improve workforce from school age through retirement

Dorey Diab and      Jeff DeVito


Travel and Tourism

Supports effort of the CVB

Lee Tasseff



Organizing a wellness event for March

Annamarie Fernyak

 Be Well Richland County

community development
community Development

"This community offers tremendous opportunity.  I can’t think of a better place to live."

Grant Milliron

Milliron Industries